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Sunday, 19 May, 2002, 10:13 GMT 11:13 UK
In pictures: E Timor set for independence
East Timor, which becomes the world's newest nation on Sunday, is preparing to celebrate its hard-won independence from Indonesia.

About 80 nations are sending representatives to attend the ceremony, and excited crowds are gathering in the capital, Dili.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan (left) attends a news conference with East Timor's president-elect Xanana Gusmao
UN secretary general Kofi Annan (left) will hand over authority to Xanana Gusmao

Worshippers pray during a morning mass in Dili
A predominantly Roman Catholic people began the day with prayers

A young hawker sells national flag hats on a street in Dili
The new national flag can be seen everywhere

UN peacekeepers in East Timor
The UN is handing over power but will retain a peacekeeping force for now

Indonesian landing-craft at Dili's port
The sight of Indonesian warships jangled nerves on the eve of celebrations

Tribal people rehearse a circle dance
But nothing can really stop the party on Sunday

See also:

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